John the Baptist Prepares the Way1The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, a the Son of God. ▼
▼Some manuscripts omit the Son of God2 c As it is written in Isaiah the prophet ▼
▼Some manuscripts in the prophetse “Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way,
3 f the voice of one crying in the wilderness:
g ‘Prepare ▼
▼Or crying: Prepare in the wildernessthe way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’”
4 i John appeared, baptizing in j the wilderness and proclaiming k a baptism of l repentance m for the forgiveness of sins. 5And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan n confessing their sins. 6Now John was o clothed with camel’s hair and p wore a leather belt around his waist and ate q locusts and r wild honey. 7And he preached, saying s “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 t I have baptized you with water, but u he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
The Baptism of Jesus9 v In those days Jesus w came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And when he came up out of the water, immediately he x saw y the heavens being torn open z and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11And aa a voice came from heaven ab “You are my beloved Son; ▼
▼Or my Son, my (or the) Belovedwith you I am well pleased.”
The Temptation of Jesus12 ad The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 ae And he was in the wilderness forty days, being af tempted by ag Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and ah the angels were ministering to him.
Jesus Begins His Ministry14 ai Now after John was arrested, Jesus aj came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15and saying, ak “The time is fulfilled, and al the kingdom of God is at hand; am repent and believe in the gospel.”
Jesus Calls the First Disciples16 an Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become ao fishers of men.” ▼
▼The Greek word anthropoi refers here to both men and women18And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.
Jesus Heals a Man with an Unclean Spirit21 aq And they went into Capernaum, and immediately ar on the Sabbath as he entered the synagogue and was teaching. 22And at they were astonished at his teaching au for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. 23And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, 24 av “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? aw I know who you are— ax the Holy One of God.” 25But Jesus ay rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26And the unclean spirit az convulsing him and ba crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. 27And they were all bb amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? bc A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.
Jesus Heals Many29 bd And immediately he ▼
▼Some manuscripts theybf left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now bg Simon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. 31And he came and bh took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them. 32That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or bi oppressed by demons. 33And the whole city was gathered together at the door. 34 bj And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And bk he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
Jesus Preaches in Galilee35 bl And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and bm there he prayed. 36And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, 37and they found him and said to him bn “Everyone is looking for you.” 38And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for bo that is why I came out.” 39 bp And bq he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.
Jesus Cleanses a Leper40 br And a leper ▼
▼Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13came to him, imploring him, and bt kneeling said to him bu “If you will, you can make me clean.” 41Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” 42And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. 43And bv Jesus ▼
▼Greek he; also verse 45sternly charged him and sent him away at once, 44and said to him, bx “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go by show yourself to the priest and bz offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded ca for a proof to them.” 45 cb But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter cc a town, but was out in cd desolate places, and ce people were coming to him from every quarter.
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